Mama Rescue is a cloud-based emergency transportation system that helps mothers access skilled & emergency obstetric care

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Mama Rescue is a cloud-based emergency transportation system that helps mothers in rural Uganda access skilled & emergency obstetric care, to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths.

75% of maternal and perinatal deaths are due to three delays...  Mama Rescue addresses all three

1. Delay in care seeking: too many women deliver at home, risking complications.

Mothers often delay going to the health center for labor, remaining at home longer than it is safe to do so. With Mama Rescue, each mother who completes four antenatal care visits receives an electronic voucher which grants her free transport by boda boda (motorcycle taxi) to the health center when labor begins. This part of the program both encourages women to complete four antenatal care visits, as well as to deliver in a health center with a skilled midwife. 

2. Delay in accessing care: it takes too long for women with complications to reach emergency care.

Even when mothers deliver at the health center with a skilled midwife, complications can arise.  Depending on the availability and working order of local ambulances, it can take hours for a woman in need of urgent medical care to reach the hospital. She is also responsible for paying for the transport. Mama rescue ensures that the most efficient transport - either special hire taxi or ambulance, is alerted as quickly as possible, and that the ride is free.  


3. Delay in receiving quality services: when women reach the hospital, too often the hospital is unprepared and further delays ensue.

 Due to small and often overworked staff at local hospitals, women often arrive at a facilities where surgeons are not available or prepared to care for them. Mama Rescue prompts the midwife at the health center to enter important clinical information into her mobile phone, which is then transmitted to the referral hospital, so that the staff can be prepared for the mother when she arrives.